You’ve probably done it. Your mom, Justin Timberlake, and former president George W. Bush have done it, too. The Ice Bucket challenge for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, has taken the interwebs by storm — or ice cold bucket of water, rather — helping the ALS Association raise over $94 million as of Wednesday. But as so many have suggested already, there are other charities that need help, too.
One such charity is the UK’s Male Cancer Awareness Campaign, which just launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise 60,000 pounds ($99,453) toward its Skyballs project, which will involve a giant two-testicled, scrotum-shaped hot air balloon made to look like Family Guy Peter Griffin’s ballsack (it comes with hair, too!). Don’t believe me? Check out the video below with comedian Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) describing what the balloon will be used for: testicular cancer awareness.
“It’s our plan to build, launch, and tour the world in a hot air balloon shaped like a giant pair of testicles,” the IndieGoGo site says. “Why? First, everyone loves hot air balloons. Second, men still need a hefty reminder to look after their wellbeing and act on the early warning signs of male cancers. Third, awareness-raising saves lives; too many men are dying because they are being diagnosed with cancer too late.”
In the U.S., about 8,820 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed in 2014, and 380 men will die from it, according to the American Cancer Society. Prostate cancer is worse, affecting an estimated 233,000 men in 2014 and killing almost 30,000. Visiting a doctor, and knowing how to self-check are two ways that a man can catch the disease early, which is crucial.